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Singlespeed Commuter Bikes for 2009

SE draft
A lot of my friends that are new to commuting keep asking me, “What bike should I get?” For the most part, I tell them to get what they like best, but I often steer prospective city cyclists in the direction of a singlespeed road bike. I thought it might be good to list a few of them here, along with their price and a link to their respective website.

Keep in mind, the best way to choose a bike is by test riding them yourself. This post is just meant to be informative, not a recommendation or a review—there are plenty of other bikes out there.

raleigh rush hourWindsor The Hour – $300
SE Draft – $310
Schwinn Cutter – $330
Republic Aristotle – $344
Torker U-District – $349
Nashbar The Bike Fixie 1 – $399
Oso Bike – $419
Sun Uno – $420
Redline 925 – $500
Felt Brougham – $529
IRO Mark V – $569
Raleigh Rush Hour – $600
Trek Soho S – $600
Jamis Beatnik – $600
Giant Bowery – $650
Redline 925Kona Paddywagon – $679
KHS Urban Uno- $699
Charge Plug – $710
Surly Steamroller – $720
Swobo Sanchez – $739
GT Gutterball – $770
Fisher Triton – $770
Masi Speciale Commuter – $795
Motobecane Messenger – $795
Volume Creedence – $800
Bianchi Pista Flatbar – $819
Specialized Langster – $830
Salsa Casseroll Single – $845
Cannondale Capo – $859
Cinelli Mystic Rats – $940
Masi CommuterTraitor Luggernaut – $988
Condor Potenza – $996
Van Dessel Country Road Bob – $999
Marin Ignacio – $1110
RT Bikes Icarus – $1149
A.N.T. Light Roadster – $3,235

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  1. J. E. SchwartzJune 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Might want to check out the following:






  2. jpackJune 13, 2009 at 7:54 am

    In addition to the Trek District belt drive someone mentioned, Spot Brand bikes makes the ‘Black,’ a belt drive single.

    The Canadian who got the ‘Madison’ could have also gotten the Schwinn ‘Sprint,’ a Reynolds 853 steel single sadly not generally available in the US. Better steel than almost anything else.

    I am crazy about my Jamis Beatnik. My geared bikes are just sitting.

  3. IvoJune 18, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Nice list. You should add Fixie Inc. [cycles-for-heroes.com].

  4. Shane StockJune 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The Trek Sojo S has a top bar that slants down slightly and they make some smaller frame sizes. My wife is 5′ 2″ and that’s what she rides and it fits her fine.
    The Windsor, The hour, the first bike on the list, is sold by Bikes Direct.
    Maybe next month I can do a little advertising with you all. I think I have actually got a few sales off of this list, so thank you. You are doing a great job and keep up the good work. Pretty soon you might have to have to quit your day job.

  5. svJuly 4, 2009 at 2:07 am

    there are options for people under 5’2″ – bianchi makes the san jose in a 44cm with 650′s, and the san jose can be bought either fixed or singlespeed with flip flop hubs

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  7. JeremyRJuly 25, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I just bought a Vilano SS from roadbikeoutlet.com for $269 with free shipping. They also have a Gavin Fisso for $359 with free shipping. Both look great in the pics. Cheapest I could find online. I’ll post a follow-up when I receive it.

  8. BBJuly 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm


    I ride a limited and love love love it. Available at a select few bike shops in Canada and I bet they would ship to the US if you asked.

  9. Suggestions for Singlespeed - TwoSpoke - Cycling & Bike Forums For Road Bicycles, Mountain Bikes and General BicyclingAugust 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

    [...] Went and rode several but didn’t really notice much of a difference between various models. Here’s a fairly good list of what’s available for 2009 with the prices. I would go with something steel. [...]

  10. kevinAugust 29, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Build your own, so easy, thats what i did and it looks amazing :)

  11. TomNovember 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    This is quite a selection, covering quite a price range. Perhaps people could comment on which represent good value for money versus those which are perhaps overpriced?

    My budget is not unlimited but I’m unsure whether to spend $300 or $800!

    My preference is a simple bike but with high quality components.

  12. Jen420March 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I ordered a felt brougham.

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  14. First purchase, please helpMay 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    [...] after an hour, but this is one case where the extra bit is worth it. It's also worth looking at this article. That said, I still really don't like the Republic Bike, it just screams "prop" to me. [...]

  15. stanczykJune 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    from design point of viev:
    ..Plug, felt Brogham , Langster series :http://www.specialized.com/de/de/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=38450&menuItemId=0
    and Marin is not bad :)
    Viva Creme is handsome too..

  16. Sterling FedericoAugust 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Great post, Thank You for sharing !

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